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The geographical, natural and civil history of Chili.


Published 1808
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Verso of half-title pages read: R. Alsop, Printer, Middletown, Conn

Translation, by Richard Alsop, and, according to some sources, by William Shaler, of: Saggio sulla storia naturale del Chili. Bologna, 1782 (v. 1) and of: Saggio sulla storia civile del Chile. Bologna, 1787 (v. 2). Some notes translated from: Compendio de la historia geografica, natural y civil del reyno de Chile. Madrid, 1788; Compendio de la historia civil del reyno de Chile. Madrid, 1795; and Essai sur l'histoire naturelle du Chile. Paris, 1789

The two original works in Italian, combined in the present edition in English, are extended versions of: Compendio della storia geografica, naturale e civile del regno del Chile. Bologna, 1776 (published anonymously)

Text in English; diagnoses of taxa of animals, plants and minerals in Latin

Volume I. includes: "A methodical table of the various species of natural productions described in this work, arranged in the manner of Linnæus." (p. [239]-248). -- "A supplement to the table of the vegetable kingdom, containing several species not included therein, and described and mentioned in this work." (p. [249]-250). -- "Supplementary notes, illustrated of the history of Chili, extracted from an anonymous work, entitled, A compendium of the geographical, natural, and civil history of Chili, printed in Bologna, 1776

"An essay on the Chilian language": v. 2, p. [285]-305, with a vocabulary in Mapuche

"An appendix to the Civil and political history of Chili, ..." (v. 2) has special title page and independent signatures and paging

Pagination: v. 1: [8], xii, 271, [3] p., [1] folded leaf of plates; v. 2: [5], iv-viii, [2], 305, [3], iv, [1], 6-68 p

Signatures: v. 1: pi² 1 B-2N chi1 (pi1 verso, 1 verso, 2I3 verso, 2N4 verso, chi1 verso blank); v. 2: pi² 1 A-2P 2Q² ²[A] ²B-²H ²I² (pi1 verso, 1, F4 verso, O4 verso, 2N2, 2Q2 blank)

Errors in paging: v. 1, p. 163 misnumbered "I63"

Errata: v. 1: p. [2], 4th count; v. 2: p. [1], 5th count

Map unnumbered; legend and names in English

Shaw & Shoemaker

Backer-Sommervogel

Palau y Dulcet (2. ed.)

Stafleu & Cowan

John Carter Brown Library copy bound 1 in contemporary full calf, in two volumes; this copy includes manuscript notes by its former owner

Provenance of the John Carter Brown Library copy 1: Gift of Mr. B. Blok to Fr. Adr. van der Kemp: ms. inscription on verso of first front flyleaf in v. 1

John Carter Brown Library copy 2 imperfect: includes duplicate pages 17-48, and p. 75-78, 3rd counts, from v. 1; v. 2 wanting all after p. [1], 5th count

John Carter Brown Library copy 2 unbound, untrimmed and sewn into two volumes; this copy is the printer's proof copy and contains many annotations in his hand


Volume Vol 2 copy 1
Publisher Middletown, (Conn.) : printed for I. Riley
Pages 402
Language English
Call number b5498993
Digitizing sponsor John Carter Brown Library
Book contributor John Carter Brown Library
Collection jcbportugalbrazil; JohnCarterBrownLibrary; americana
Notes Copyright on title page.

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